25 responses to A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA)
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    Garry Chaney
    Comment on print shop (April 20th, 2018 at 08:47)

    print shop

    I was at the print shop about a month ago. I got a tour of the shop. Very interesting.

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    Bob Brunsdon
    Comment on A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (April 20th, 2018 at 10:38)

    A Visit to Gordonville Book Store

    I have been there only once, I think. My Amish friend and I took his granddaughter to work there one day. Thanks for printing the address. He was directing me and I had forgotten exactly where we went.

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    Walter Boomsma
    Comment on A Favorite Stop... (April 20th, 2018 at 14:57)

    A Favorite Stop...

    We tend to visit the area at least once or twice a year and the Gordonville Book Shop is a “must visit.” (We’re both bibliophiles we tend to sniff out bookstores in general, but really love this one.) I’m an educator and writer so I truly enjoy some of the “special” books one finds here… including books for Amish teachers.

    Several years ago we were in the company of a tour guide from the Mennonite Center (highly recommended) and he asked if we’d mind stopping there as he was waiting for a very specific book he’d ordered. We’d retained him to help us find some truly “off the beaten path” places even though we think we are quite familiar with the area. We knew the store but were willing to accommodate his request to stop because it is such a fun place. My sense is this is also “the place” for those researching Amish history, culture, and genealogy.

    I would not have passed up the peanut butter eggs.

    Thanks for the photo of “The Diary.” Could I interest you in doing a review and providing subscription information?

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    Comment on A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA) (April 22nd, 2018 at 11:36)

    I got to make a stop there sometime. My girlfriend lives near Kutztown. She has a typical old order Mennonite last name from the area. I love rural PA. The scenery, culture, etc, is still very vibrant.

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    Comment on A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA) (April 22nd, 2018 at 14:08)

    I haven’t been to Gordonville, but I must ask, Erik, how on earth could you pass up those chocolate peanut butter eggs?! You must have more self control than I. I’ve tended to stick to Indiana Amish bookstores, as I’m myself a Hoosier. The only semi-dedicated bookstore I can think of is on SR 5 just north of Shipshewana. Not sure of the current name and I think it used to have more books before changing name and maybe owners. Allen County doesn’t seem to have one, just a book section in Miller’s Country Store. That’s where I got my current leather bound English-German Bible.

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      Al in Ky
      Comment on A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA) (April 23rd, 2018 at 16:56)

      Gordonville Book Store sounds like a place I’d like to visit.

      When I am in the Elkhart-Lagrange, Indiana, settlement I like to visit the Heritage Book Store at 7785 W 500 N, Shipshewana. This is the book store which bought out the stock at Creekside Book Store on SR 5 (which Nicholas was mentioning), which is now closed. Heritage Book Store is near where Creekside Book Store was located. Heritage is smaller than Creekside and only carries books, but is a very good Amish book store in a small building on the farm of the owners. Currently it is open on Tue., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 8 to 5. I visited there last week and had an interesting visit with the owner.

    • Nicholas, good question, I regret it a bit, especially since I’ve gotten at least one other comment from someone who has raved about those eggs…:)

      As far as Indiana Amish bookstores, when I am there I go to the one north of Shipshewana (Creekside Bookstore). I have also gone to the Pathway Publishers bookstore, though seem to vaguely recall they might have moved locations, it has been awhile.

      In Allen County, I have found books in 2 places, but that was about 10 years back. They weren’t dedicated full bookstores, but had a section with books – one might have been the Miller’s Country Store you mention.

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        Al in Ky
        Comment on A Visit to Gordonville Book Store (Lancaster County, PA) (April 27th, 2018 at 08:23)

        Erik — Creekside Bookstore closed a couple of years ago or so. Their building now houses Bontrager Engine Service. Creekside’s stock was bought out by a couple who opened Heritage Bookstore at 7785 W 500 N Shipshewana. It is open Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 8 to 5. It is much smaller than Creekside but carries a good supply of books. It is worth a stop there if you’re in the Elkhart-Lagrange settlement.

        Pathway also closed their store at Lagrange, Ind. four years ago or so, and moved to 43632 CR 390 Bloomingdale, Michigan, 49026.

        • Ah, thanks Al. That’s what I seemed to recall with Pathway – there is a Michigan address in some places online, but can still find the Lagrange address in spots as well.

          I did not know about Creekside closing, that status seems to have not been updated in Google. Thanks for the info, and good to know about Heritage Bookstore for next time.

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    Comment on Your books (April 23rd, 2018 at 14:24)

    Your books

    Erik, your comment on Success Made Simple by some guy named Wesner, or something like that, reminded me to ask about your other book; 50 Fascinating Amish Facts.

    The link to it on this site still says something about “coming soon” and mentions something about the release date. Is that out dated info, or has that book still not been released? If it has, how do I order a copy?


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      Comment on 50 Fascinating Amish Facts (April 26th, 2018 at 05:38)

      50 Fascinating Amish Facts

      Oldkat – nice of you to mention that – 50 Facts, also by some guy named Wesner, is not released yet – the project is 95% complete, publication got semi-derailed by some life events, but I hope to have it out later this year. I’ll be sharing more on that here on the site as it approaches.

      I’m excited about it, was a lot of fun to write. At this stage I’ve had it read/reviewed by 8-10 Amish and non-Amish readers, and have incorporated their feedback for the final version. Will keep you posted 🙂

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        Comment on 50 Fascinating Facts (April 28th, 2018 at 19:48)

        50 Fascinating Facts

        Another fascinating fact is that in a little over 2 months OldKat is retiring & will have ample time to read/review any Amish books by some guy named Wesner that might happen to need reviewing/reading.

        Just sayin’ …!

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    Comment on Always stop at Gordonville Book Store (April 24th, 2018 at 10:54)

    Always stop at Gordonville Book Store

    We travel to Lancaster County about once a year and we’ve made the Gordonville Bookstore a “Must See” every time for many years now. I’ve purchased many books here as well as rubber stamps from their large inventory. They also have a good supply of greeting cards at good prices. I think you’ll find something for everybody. Oh yes…they also have a great toy and game section. We always tell people to “turn by the bank in Paradise” and follow that road. You’re gonna love it!!

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on A favorite stop (April 24th, 2018 at 12:41)

    A favorite stop

    Each time I’m in Lancaster County I must go to Gordonville Bookstore, usually more than once 🙂 Been going for a number of years.

    Even from home I have called and had them ship a book to me. If there’s a book that you can’t find elsewhere as is the case with some amish related books, give them a call.

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      Comment on Shipping books? (April 26th, 2018 at 01:02)

      Shipping books?

      I’d love to read From City Streets to Buggy Seats, but can’t find it at my library or even Amazon. Can I call and order from this store? If so, how?

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        Comment on Gordonville Book Store Phone Number (April 26th, 2018 at 05:27)

        Gordonville Book Store Phone Number

        Hi Jess, their number is +1 717-768-3512, so I think you’ll be able to use that one to order.

        I’ve never called them, but I assume they have some kind of message service where you can leave your info. I don’t have From City Streets to Buggy Seats in front of me now, but as I recall it wasn’t very expensive, something around $10.

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    Comment on great bookstore but staff is not really friendly (June 24th, 2018 at 04:46)

    great bookstore but staff is not really friendly

    Hello, I’m from Germany and I’ve visited the bookstore twice (in 2012 and about two weeks ago). They have very interesting papers and I especially love the reprints of old books. But I found it in 2012 and now again – the staff is absolutely not friendly. They had not been when we went there the first time and were not now.
    They looked at me in a way like saying “Get your books, pay, and leave soon.” My wife whose English is not so good realized it at once when we had our stuff together and stood at the counter to pay. She had left it all behind and leave at once but I can endure arrogance quit well … and I wanted the books. So I stayed friendly to the older gentleman and the younger lady, talked to them as if nothing would be there between us, spoke in English with some German words in between, always waiting for a response in German or Pennsylvania Dutch, but I had to wait until the very last moment when we had paid and were about the leave, when the man behind the counter pressed a “Ein guden Dag” through his lips. That made me smile.
    I will surely come again the next time I’ll be in the area.

    • Interesting to hear that impression Roland, yes I think it might be a more subdued family/staff which runs it. I’ve never gotten into any kind of conversation there with anyone, with the possible exception of last times some light chat but that was more from my Amish friend who was with me at the time. It may just be the demeanor of the folks there – I’ve never had anyone be rude to me, but if you’re used to very friendly/outgoing Amish (more typical in say a PA Dutch market which sells a lot of food/other stuff to non-Amish), then it might seem unfriendly.

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